Today I fly home. A red eye to be sure but a bold move and dramatic exit from another JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. I come here as an observer. I am not keen to hear prepared and curated remarks about this and that. To quote the creatively brilliant Amanda Palmer,
"We can only connect the dots that we collect"
Healthcare intrigues me and amuses me--often simultaneously. There are bold headlines emblazoned across the publications of interest now joined by powerful voices in digital media as well. There are far better journalists to carry those messages forward. A few that I rely on? John Carroll, Adam Feuerstein, Meg Tirrell, and Andy Slavitt. The best interactive guide for navigating #JPM18 was launched by dotHealth.
Personally I am more of the pick up the rock and look for wriggly bits sort of journalist. I have a short attention span but a deep interest in the complexity and granularity inherent in conversations about healthcare.
This statistic is interesting. Mind you, Michael/Mike is a popular name in general so perhaps we should have "weighted" the data but it is sobering.
SAN FRANCISCO — There are more men named Michael (22) than female CEOs (20) giving company presentations at this week’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.
There was one outlier this year just outside of the official conference stream--one Mike (Mike Rea, IDEA Pharma) moderating a panel of 6 uniquely informative and insightful women. Advantage to the women! If your busy schedule or room limitations had you miss the event no worries. Facebook live has you covered. And we most certainly did get sh*t done (GSD).
There is a lot of noise around conferences. For real my calendar reminders woke me up too early this morning. It is quite possible we don't know what we don't know. Where is the signal in all the noise?
If all you have is a hammer--everything looks like a nail.
The exact reason we need more insights from more people. Women are now leading the march toward innovation by exploring the spaces between disciplines.
It is up to us to collect more dots.
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”